Which is Better? Separate Modem & Router or Modem-router?

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  1. Berton's Avatar
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    yahanna said:
    But why does my isp say its better to set up a separate modem and router?
    Part of that reasoning may be the ISP doesn't have to support issues with the separate Router, only have to provide quality service to the Modem. In my area the ISPs don't provide a separate Router, most folks get it from places like Wal*Mart or their local computer store.
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    AK6DN said:
    I have always used a separate cable modem and wireless router. Although I own both, my ISP (Xfinity/Comcast) has control of the firmware on the modem, and will download updates and reboot the device whenever they feel like it. When they do I lose internet connectivity, but that is all.
    Since I have 100% control over the wireless router device, I update and reboot it when I want under my control. I can also replace it when I need or want to. My in home wireless signal is under my control. For example, communication between my fileserver and computer over wireless is not subject to the whims of my ISP.
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    Hi, appreciate the response. Let me ask you this.. My isp which is spectrum sent me a wireless router and will send a modem, both for free. Even though theyre both free do you suggest I keep them? Or buy my own router and modem? Of keep the spectrum wireless router and buy my own modem?
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       #23

    Hi folks

    If you have full fibre then you'll need a decent router to connect to the ISP's WAN -- most domestic quality routers aren't very good - especially if you are talking about the 1 Gbps and over Broadband rates.

    In this case get yourself a decent router that's compatible with the ISP's WAN (fibre cable). For those still not on full cable then any bog standard router will do. I'd advise also on any router have some LAN connections and use a cheap switch for several devices. You can also connect a switch to something decent like a NightHawk wifi extender which theoretically can yield speeds of up to around 1 Gbps or slightly over.

    In general it's usually better to get and install your own gear rather than use bog standard mass produced cheap stuff provided by ISP'S even if it takes a bit more research to get correct gear.

    I also don't like combos because if one piece fails you have to replace the whole thing, but for individual components then just the broken piece needs to be replaced.

    Cheers
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  4. Berton's Avatar
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    yahanna said:
    Hi, appreciate the response. Let me ask you this.. My isp which is spectrum sent me a wireless router and will send a modem, both for free. Even though theyre both free do you suggest I keep them? Or buy my own router and modem? Of keep the spectrum wireless router and buy my own modem?
    My thought based on experience in the the computer field since '94, the ISP will not intentionally provide low quality equipment as they have to support/fix it. The ISPs will try to get devices at the best possible prices but they don't fully restrict their customers from getting equipment they feel is better.
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  5. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    yahanna said:
    But why does my isp say its better to set up a separate modem and router?

    On that note, my isp which is spectrum, will be giving me a free modem in addition to the free router they sent me before. Do you think I should keep these or buy a combo modem router instead in light of this info? Fyi, I'll be using a this set up for my PC in my room, TV in my moms room and TV in my living room.
    Why not try out what they send you. If you like it, then just keep it. If you want to upgrade, then get your own and send theirs back.
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